Last night, I watched the fourth instalment of Josh Rouse's Late Night Conversations concert series, hosted by Stageit. This edition has been my favourite of the series to date. Not only was the setlist comprised almost entirely of early to mid Rouse material and rarities (aside from two brand new tracks), but a lot of my personal favourites were played, which I find pretty cool in a set list spanning a 30 minute show. Not only that, but Josh finally played my song request of 'Sad Eyes'! But more on that later...
Josh opened the set with 'Late Night Conversation' and 'Michigan', followed by 'The Whole Night Through'. I felt this trio of songs were a perfect start to the show, appropriately setting the autumn theme for what is the October edition of this concert series. Josh played harmonica throughout 'Late Night Conversation' which was a lovely touch. I was especially thrilled to hear 'The Whole Night Through' - it's one of my favourites off Under Cold Blue Stars and a rarity to hear live. Throughout the show, Josh debuted two new songs - 'Good To Have You' and 'Julie, Come Out Of The Rain' - the latter of which I thought had a lovely melody and some interesting, atmospheric lyrics. I hope this one appears on the new album, The Happiness Waltz.
For the remainder of the show, Josh took requests from fans via the live chat window, and after I requested 'Sad Eyes' a few times (ok, a lot of times) he played it, saying something along the lines of "Someone keeps requesting 'Sad Eyes'". Anyway, the wait was totally worth it and this was my favourite song of the evening. Apart from the live music obviously, the live chat window is a big part of what makes the whole Stageit experience so enjoyable. it's so much fun requesting songs and seeing what songs others want to hear, as well as interacting with Josh and the other fans throughout the duration of the concert.
'Late Night Conversation'
'The Whole Night Through'
'Good To Have You'
'Sunshine (Come On Lady)'
'Comeback (Light Therapy)'
'Julie, Come Out Of The Rain'